UK holiday cottages for August

Make the most of the UK's summer sunshine

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Sophie Gackowski

Sophie Gackowski
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UK holiday cottages for August August: it can top 23°C at this time of year, and when the sun is out and shining on our faces, winter’s nothing but a distant memory. The kids don’t go back to school until the end of the month (or around 18 August for Scotland), and events and festivals celebrate the warm weather across our isles. And let’s face facts: most of us turn bright red in the heat of southern France or Spain, and Egypt and the Canaries? We won’t even go there. So why not enjoy the understated beauty of a British summer, with a holiday here instead?

There’s plenty of scope for a cottage holiday in the UK. If your ideal setting is the seaside, pack your bags for Cornwall; if you’ve got outdoor activities in mind, consider a stop in Perthshire. Golfer; history buff; beach bum; man or woman of simple pleasures – adventures await on every cottage door of the United Kingdom.

 

August holiday cottages for that sunshine break at home


   

August holiday cottages in Windermere August holiday cottages in Windermere

When you think of the Lake District, you can’t help but think of Windermere – it’s the largest lake in England, and has over 10,000 boats registered to it. Phew! If you’re a novice in the water, no worries: there are dozens of activity companies and tour operators in and around the area, offering everything from gentle cruises on steamers to lengthy lessons in canoeing. Don’t want to get wet? Pony treks and ghyll scrambling await those with older children, while little ones can get lost in the World of Beatrix Potter.

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August holiday cottages in Newquay August holiday cottages in Newquay

Newquay. Can you smell the surf already? This far south, August is an amazing time to book a holiday cottage – temperatures are higher, so even subtropical flowers have a fighting chance of blooming. Of course, it’ll be the golden sands you want to head for first, and there are many just a stone’s throw from the town. But don’t forget to check out the Lappa Valley Steam Railway, Trenance Gardens and the town’s own Zoo – all are fantastic for families.

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August holiday cottages in Kent August holiday cottages in Kent

Kent’s a county with a lot to give: it has Blue Flag beaches like Margate, attractions like Chislehurst Caves, and lovely seaside towns like Whitstable (oysters – enough said). But it’s called the ‘Garden of England’ with good reason; there are 12 Country Parks here, and an entire third of it is covered by an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The High Weald and the Kent Downs cover 1,438 square miles. That’s a whole lotta beauty to take in during a cottage break.

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August holiday cottages in Anglesey August holiday cottages in Anglesey

From Llanddona to Llanbedrgoch, there’s no end to the double-l in Anglesey. And we haven’t even got started on Llanfairpwllgwyngyll - gogerychwyrndrobwllllant - ysiliogogogoch (did you even attempt to read that?). But it’s not about place names; it’s about Anglesey’s incredible coast and countryside cottages, with never-ending opportunities whether for hillwalking or heritage sites. Go diving, take a boat trip, walk along the cliffs and eat freshly caught crab. Just crossing the bridge will unveil its beauty.

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August holiday cottages in St Andrews August holiday cottages in St Andrews

St Andrews is one of my favourite places for a day out, particularly when the sun’s shining. It’s got a sweeping stretch of sand, great restaurants, ice-cream to die for (bit extreme, but hey – I do love ice-cream), and independent shops in spades. Head for the Sealife Centre, explore the ruins of the cathedral, and climb St Rules Tower (unless you have a serious fear of heights or enclosed spaces…) for amazing views over the town and out to sea. Round it off with a game of golf, and then more ice-cream – Irn Bru’s the latest flavour.

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UK holiday cottages for August

Gracious self catering holiday accommodation

Routen House offers gracious self catering holiday accommodation for up to twelve people. Originally a Victorian Country Farmhouse, it stands proudly by Ennerdale Water, one of the most spectacular and secluded lakes in the Lake District, Cumbria....

MELKINGTON LODGE Cornhill-On-Tweed - An Immaculate Cottage With Beautiful Views

A charming and beautifully presented period cottage set in a pretty garden with fabulous far reaching views to the Cheviot Hills. The accommodation, which is presented to an extremely high standard, comprises a cosy sitting room with open fire (l...

KEEPER COTTAGE - Sunny Country Cottage for Relaxation or Outdoor Pursuits

Keeper Cottage is part of the Courtyard Cottages which were once the stables and grooms' quarters for the Tillmouth Park Estate. Keeper Cottage is the only detached cottage and is set apart slightly from the other cottages. It’s the perfect spot f...

Adorable 17th century cottage nestled in a quiet country lane.

In a winsome 17th century Georgian terrace nestled in a quiet country lane is a romantic little hideaway for 4 (and up to 5 with sofa bed). Picturesque country walks following in the footsteps of Jane Austen offer sweeping views of the city in one...

GARDEN HOUSE Milne Graden, Coldstream - An Idyllic Getaway with River Views

Complimentary breakfast welcome pack with all bookings. The former Head Gardener's residence on the magnificent Milne Graden Estate, Garden House is situated in the most idyllic position on the banks of the River Tweed. This really is a place to ...

GAMEKEEPER'S COTTAGE - An Ideal Getaway For Families And Lovers Of The Outdoors

Please note the images include pictures of Mindrum Garden and the wider estate that guests are welcome to explore. A period cottage on a family run working farm, Gamekeeper’s Cottage and the superb Mindrum Estate on which it sits, offer the perfec...

Luxurious open-plan Coach House set on 11 acres of beautiful grounds

The luxurious open-plan Coach House is set on 11 acres of beautiful grounds by the river and sleeps 2 people (or up to 4). You can enjoy the grounds and marvelous views from your own private outdoor terrace with a table and 4 chairs under a vine-c...

THE SMITHY, Crookham - Idyllic Cottage for a Relaxed Cosy Break

Nestled into rolling farmland, this delightful former smithy exudes rustic charm with original features including exposed beams and the original smithy fireplace sitting alongside pretty fabrics, wooden floors, a fabulous handmade kitchen and warm...

THE POTTING SHED Earlston - A Cosy Hideaway Made For Two.

The Potting Shed is a pretty, cosy yet quirky hideaway resting at the foot of the landscaped gardens of Garden Cottage. Once a humble garden outbuilding, it has been lovingly and tastefully restored, and transformed into a well equipped, eco frie...

THE WHITESIDE BOTHY Greenlaw - Superb Conversion in the Heart of Border Country

A 'bothy' is a traditional basic shelter. Whiteside could not be more different with the sumptuous sofas, cosy fabrics and enormous beds that await guests here. This superb, no-expense-spared redevelopment of a former farm steading includes staine...
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